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Test the Spirits

Test the Spirits
1 John 4:1–8      I.      We Have a New Nature (John 4:1–8)
John begins with a warning about the false spirits in the world. Keep in mind that the NT was not yet completed and what had been written was not widely known; until the completion of the NT, the local churches depended on the ministry of people with spiritual gifts to teach them truth. How could a believer know when a preacher was from God and that his message could be trusted? (See 1 Thes. 5:19–21.) After all, Satan is an imitator. John states that the false spirits will not confess that Jesus is the Christ (see 1 Cor. 12:3). The false cults today deny the deity of Christ and make Him a mere man or an inspired teacher. But the Christian has the Spirit within, the new nature, and this gives overcoming power.
There are two spirits in the world today: God’s Spirit of Truth, who speaks through the inspired Word, and Satan’s spirit of error that teaches lies (1 Tim. 4:1ff). Teachers sent by God will speak from God…


‎In Egypt, the ruler and other dignitaries were transported in a covered sedan chair. In biblical texts, the litter is documented only for the late-exilic period. ‎Song 3:7, 3:9; Isa 66:20; 2 Macc 3:28

Denarius Portraying Julius Caesar

Denarius Portraying Julius Caesar
‎The fortress-like structure of the King David Hotel dominates Jerusalem’s skyline when photographed from the western wall of the Old City. Another hotel bearing the name of a great king, Solomon, looks from here like a block of stone piercing the sky. The Yemin Moshe neighborhood with its red tiled roofs tumbles down the hillside, engulfed in green.

Denarius Portraying Julius Caesar

Denarius Portraying Julius Caesar ‎In Roman civil war, Julius Caesar defeated Pompey, who had captured Jerusalem in 63 B.C. Rome’s Senate named Caesar dictator in 45 B.C. This silver Roman denarius, minted 44 B.C.—the year Caesar died—portrays him with the legend “Caesar, Perpetual Dictator” (obverse). The reverse features fasces and axe—authority symbols—with clasped hands, a globe, and the caduceus, Mercury’s winged serpent staff (also a symbol of peacemaking). The inscription names the mint director. Julius Caesar’s dictatorship ended the Roman Republic. Later imperial titles included his surname (Phil 4:22). ‎Matt 22:17, 21, Luke 2:1, John 19:12, Acts 17:7, Acts 25:8–12, 21, Phil 4:22

Judas Iscariot

Judas Iscariot
John 17:12

It is clear that John regarded Judas as thoroughly villainous, and as an evangelist John took pains to point out his wicked character. Even though Judas’s name is not always used, his evil nature lurks in the background of the Gospel. So as early as John 6:70 John already called him a devil; then at John 12:6 Judas is regarded as a thief; at John 13:27 he is an instrument of Satan, and here John sees Jesus dismissing him as the perishing one, the bad egg, or the weak link in the chain of the disciples.

Not only was Judas the weak link, but he was an evil instrument in his fulfillment of Scripture. Although at this point it would be difficult to tell which Scripture was in the evangelist’s mind, other New Testament texts related to Judas’s actions seem to suggest more specific references such as Matt 27:3–10, which probably refers to Zech 11:12–13 and Acts 1:16–20, which contains a free rendering of Ps 69:25.

Borchert, Gerald L. John 12–21. Vol. 25B. Nashv…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

November 27

  These have turned the world upside down.… None of these things move me
Acts 17:6; Acts 20:24
The men that move the world are the ones who do not let the world move them.


Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Connect the Testaments

November 27: When Hezekiah Gave Away the Farm
2 Kings 18:13–19:37; Ephesians 2:1–3:21; Proverbs 8:19–26

After the announcement that Hezekiah “did right in the eyes of Yahweh,” the next description comes as a surprise: “At that time, Hezekiah cut off the doors of the temple of Yahweh and the doorposts which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and he gave them to the king of Assyria” (2 Kgs 18:3, 16).

For a moment Hezekiah was a strong king over Israel—he abolished idolatry and refused to obey the king of Assyria (2 Kgs 18:4, 7). As 2 Kings 18:6 describes, “He held on to Yahweh; he did not depart from followinghim, and he kept his commands that Yahweh had commanded Moses.” But Hezekiah did not possess fortitude (see 2 Kgs 18:13–18). In an attempt to gain peace, he gave away not only treasures, but even pieces of Yahweh’s temple itself (2 Kgs 18:15–16).

We’ve all been in situations where it’s tempting to do anything for peace. Perhaps we’ve even compromised our ethics or values in these …

My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

November 27th
The consecration of spiritual energy

by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. Gal. 6:14.

If I brood on the Cross of Christ, I do not become a subjective pietist, interested in my own whiteness; I become dominantly concentrated on Jesus Christ’s interests. Our Lord was not a recluse nor an ascetic, He did not cut Himself off from society, but He was inwardly disconnected all the time. He was not aloof, but He lived in another world. He was so much in the ordinary world that the religious people of His day called Him a glutton and a wine-bibber. Our Lord never allowed anything to interfere with His consecration of spiritual energy.

The counterfeit of consecration is the conscious cutting off of things with the idea of storing spiritual power for use later on, but that is a hopeless mistake. The Spirit of God has spoiled the sin of a great many, yet there is no emancipation, no fullness in their lives. The kind of religious life we see abroad to-day is…

Morning and Evening

Morning, November 27      Go To Evening Reading
         “Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord.”  — Zechariah 3:1
In Joshua the high priest we see a picture of each and every child of God, who has been made nigh by the blood of Christ, and has been taught to minister in holy things, and enter into that which is within the veil. Jesus has made us priests and kings unto God, and even here upon earth we exercise the priesthood of consecrated living and hallowed service. But this high priest is said to be “standing before the angel of the Lord,” that is, standing to minister. This should be the perpetual position of every true believer. Every place is now God’s temple, and his people can as truly serve him in their daily employments as in his house. They are to be always “ministering,” offering the spiritual sacrifice of prayer and praise, and presenting themselves a “living sacrifice.” But notice where it is that Joshua stands to minister, it is before the angel of…